So, it's a few days past the holiday, and we have several lbs of ham unable to be eaten before it spoils. I decided I'd try to extend its life a little by throwing it into a bean soup recipe my grandfather used to make. I can't completely recall it, so I'm keeping it really simple.
A hambone with a good amount of meat left on it.
8 cups of H20.
2 cups white beans, navy, northern, whatevs.
1 large yellow onion.
1/2 tsp onion powder.
1/2 tsp garlic powder.
1/2 tsp cracked pepper.
My grandmother used to soak the beans overnight. I don't know why she did this, but people have told me there's a wives tale about this process preventing gas (I somehow doubt it). I think it's just for reducing the cooking time if you don't want to slow cook the beans over many hours.
I like to cook the ham off of the bone first, strain it, and pick out the unsavory bits before putting everything into the pot together. This time we're substituting a lot of cut meat since we don't have the bone. I think the bone marrow makes a big difference in the flavor, but it isn't bad without it.
Rinse or don't rinse the beans to control the thickness of the stock.
Add everything into the pot at once. Slow cook for 6-8 hours on low heat, tasting along the way. You might want to add juice from cooking the meat off the hambone to taste.
Again, this is a really simple version of this recipe and a good way to get a few more servings out of that 10lb ham. I'm all about working on this recipe so if anyone has suggestions please feel free!